Beyond Burnout: Strategies, Interventions, and Best Practices

Course Available
2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Develop and Maintain a Healthy Level of Caring in the Classroom

For most educators, teaching is more than just a job . . . it’s a calling to help build a better world one student at a time.  Despite the best of intentions, there are times when it becomes overwhelming to maintain this feeling.  Compassion fatigue can erode the joy and happiness you once held for teaching and lead to overall negativity, cynicism, etc.  This course will teach you how to put the joy back into teaching, establish professional boundaries and still gain personal satisfaction of helping shape the future without sacrificing compassion or quality instruction.

(Formerly titled:  Conquer Compassion Fatigue - Self Care Strategies for Educators Rev. 7/1/2023)

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grade K-12) that regularly work with students that have physical, mental or emotional disabilities; teachers that work with abused, traumatized or neglected students, including foster care; teachers who work in areas dealing with high crime rates, poverty or violence; and teachers that routinely go “above and beyond” for the welfare of their students.  Other school personnel, such as counselors, coaches and school nurses will also benefit from this course.

Course Materials: No textbook requirement

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X765L – 011 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Beyond Burnout: Strategies, Interventions, and Best Practices

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Shannon Perez

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand compassion fatigue definitions, symptoms and contributing factors
  • Identify and monitor personal/individual levels of compassion fatigue
  • Develop a stress management and self-care plan of action
  • Understand how to create a ripple effect by cultivating a compassionate classroom
  • Implement healthy boundaries and identify alternative ways to help meet the needs of students
  • Learn real-life strategies to reduce compassion fatigue while still building a caring classroom
  • Recognize personal risk factors and develop strategies to combat the problem in the future


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